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Working it out
IN 2010, I finished work due to ill health, two years early. I went to claim Jobseekers’ Allowance and tried to look for light work.
I was told I could not claim anything due to having a small railway pension. My severance pay was paid into my bank monthly at £1,700 per month, but six months later the company went bust (Jarvis Rail). We lost £10,000 in wages.
Now at 66 I have received a tax bill for £702 for the tax year 2010/2011. I have not worked since March, 2010.
I rang the tax office hoping for them to explain. Two assistants were quite rude and off-hand.
According to them it was no one’s fault and they suggested I put a cheque in the post. I put the phone down.
Last week I got the same tax bill. On ringing the tax office again, I spoke to a very nice woman and will now be paying the tax back over three years, still with no explanation of how the mistake was made.
I worked and paid tax for 48 years, yet they still chase me for more. The bone-idle continue to put nothing in, but take plenty out.
D Edge, Stockton Lane, York.